This review of John Kenneth Galbraith’s book “A Short History of Financial Euphoria” documents history’s lessons for financial decision makers. A Short History of Financial Euphoria by John Kenneth Galbraith, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. A Short History of Financial Euphoria. John Kenneth Galbraith, Author Viking Books $16 (p) ISBN

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Galbraith was writing about Trump as a failed businessman backed by bankers who should have known better; 20 years later, he is now a politician run amok backed by voters who should have know better.

So based on style and reputation he wins the day, but from a content view you need to couple this with some additional reading The Best Books of Donald Trump will also seem prescient — inMr. Most recently updated The Art of War.

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First, collective memories of financial debacles tend to be very short; therefore, each new generation of financial “wizards” can effectively start over with a blank slate. The Power of Habit. Aug 02, Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing. At different points in his life he taught at both Harvard and Princeton, and wrote more than forty books on an array of economic topics. The Book of Dust: Excellent summary of historical financial follies, how greed and envy causes asset bubbles, how the sbort and intelligent were brought down to their knees from it, the specious link between high net worth and intelligence.


The anatomy of the bubble is often predictable. Aug 21, InvestingByTheBooks. Second, the price goes up.

More regulation is not necessarily the solution. The world-renowned economist offers “dourly irreverent analyses of financial debacle from the tulip craze of the seventeenth century to the recent plague of junk bonds.

Galbraith’s essay pales in comparison with the exhaustiveness of, for instance, Kindleberger’s history of panics, and it’s not a substitute for those more extensive books. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. He starts around the time of “Tulipomania” in the s and goes right up through the 20th century with examples of euphoric times and their inevitable disasterous endings.

A Short History of Financial Euphoria is finanxial compendious later day sequel, with a broader scope as it tries to establish a framework for how to analyze financial bubbles.

Galbraith in one sentence describes those people: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If we’re looking for the source of the next financial catastrophe, then look no further than — the public endorsement of bullshit artists, partisanship, a growing national debt, frivolous tax cuts, frivolous tariffs, fiscal easing without end, and an abandonment of science.

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Galbralth worth picking up. Among his most famous works was his economics trilogy: Would you like shrt to take another look at this review? May 16, James rated it it was amazing. Open Preview See a Problem? Written in and updated in providing a good view of the repetitive nature of bubbles.


It doubtless won’t prevent the next economic downturn, just as it failed to prevent the last one, but we can’t say that no warnings have been available. Sep 09, Ravi Abhyankar rated it really liked it.

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A Short History of Financial Euphoria by John Kenneth Galbraith

A new generation of financiers “invents” a few ways to finance those assets 4. Also, Galbraith is entirely right to castigate the quest for ‘the’ person to blame after the bust.

The Great Crash The title should be at least 4 characters long. Episodes of financial euphoria and their harsh consequences are a so-far inescapable consequence of capitalism. Could have been written in July I would also add an abandonment of the idea of safety nets, both the political left version that includes government support for the vulnerable and the political right version that involves a deep caring for the people in our community. That seems to be the pattern of financial boom and bust.

I’m not sure Mr. Exceptional The shodt provides an easy to understand explanation of some of history’s most memorable bubble bursts.